January 7, 2007 Subject:
Right On Target
The National Home gives many children a chance to have a happy and productive life. This film effectiveness is the way it is presented: simple, honest, and sincere. It should be a model for residental homes that throw the children out when they hit 18 years old, or the countless inferior foster homes many of the "hard-to place" youngsters (that's what the social agencies call children who are hard to adopt) are sent to.
June 11, 2005 Subject:
Frank is a real hoodwinker
At the beginning of this, Charles Adams, who, no really, he IS the narrator and the leader of the V.F.W., tells us that he could've spent the film talking about the financial figures and the various buildings. "But you don't judge an operation on how pretty the buildings are or how much money they have in the bank." It seems like Mr. Adams has seen that dreadful Jam Handy / Metropolitan Life film "Pages From An Open Book' as well. No, he focuses on one case, a boy Frank Bonnet, who I stress, IS NOT AN ACTOR! He's a boy from the home! A boy by the name of Frank Bonnet who certainly looks and sounds like an actor but no mind. This film follows Frank from the time he moved in there when he was 8 to his wedding day. Curiously though, the guy is going to college and is STILL living in the orphanage? Like get out of there Frank. Oh I see, cheap room and board, gotcha!
March 13, 2005 Subject:
There's No Place Like The Home
This Jam Handy film seems to have been designed as a fund raiser for the VFW's National Home for Children.
"The Veterans of Foreign Wars established the National Home in 1925 to care for the children and families of our nationÃÂs veterans. Located on 629 acres in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, the National Home stands today as a tribute to the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members who help support the facility and the families who call the National Home their home." source: (http://www.vfwnationalhome.org/about_us/index.shtml)
The acting seems to be all nonprofessional and somewhat wooden but very sincere. The film is simplistic yet still powerful, and was a real surprise.